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Real Green Building Porn: World's Largest Zero Energy Building Was Once a Porn Shop

Adele Peters

When DPR Construction went looking for a new office, they found the perfect space in an unlikely spot: a huge old porn shop. DPR was committed to finding a space that might otherwise be reaching the end of its intended life, and revitalizing it. They added new windows, solar lighting, solar chimneys, and solar panels, and along with other tech, they were able to bring the energy use down so much that the building could be certified as net zero energy—the biggest of its kind in the world.

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